What Happens To The Spiders In Maryland In The Winter?
January 2, 2020
Wintertime can make coming home seem like the best thing in the world. After a long day at work, there’s nothing better than getting into some comfy clothing and cozying up next to the fire to keep warm on a cold night. The only thing that could ruin such an idyllic scenario is the unwanted discovery of a huge spider crawling across your living room floor. A spider; but how could that be? It’s wintertime. Aren’t spiders supposed to be hibernating?
It’s a common misconception that spiders die off or hibernate in the cold winter months. Many people think that since they don’t see spiders during the winter, that must mean they’re not around, but that’s not the case. Spiders are cold-blooded and don’t require heat to survive. Unlike a lot of pests, spiders aren’t hibernating during the winter. Different spiders cope with the frigid winter weather in different ways.
Many spiders have a natural anti-freeze in their bodies that allows their tissues to supercool through the accumulation of glycol compounds in the bloodstream. This lowers their temperature threshold, allowing them to get colder and still remain unfrozen. They’re naturally adept at surviving cold temperatures and only seek out shelter to protect their eggs; that, and to find their next meal.
How Do Spiders Get Into Homes?
Spiders are usually found in dark secluded areas with ample humidity, places such as garages, sheds, attics, basements, closets, and pantries. They’re excellent climbers and can squeeze their way through small gaps in the roof, windows, siding, and shingles. Unlike other pests that seek warmth and shelter in your home, spiders usually come into your home to find prey. They feed on hibernating insects and common indoor pests like cockroaches, earwigs, mosquitoes, flies, fleas, and moths. Therefore, spiders in your home may be an indication of another larger infestation.
There are a number of techniques you can put in place to prevent spiders and the pests they feed on from entering your home. Try some of these tips to exclude points of entry and eliminate conducive conditions:
Seal off and block door and crawl space openings.
Replace any broken or torn window or door screens.
Cover vents with mesh insect screens.
Replace chipped window and door frames.
Repair your foundation and install weather stripping where needed.
Eliminate cardboard boxes; store food and belongings in tightly sealed, plastic containers.
Reduce food sources and be vigilant about cleanliness and clearing away clutter.
Store firewood outdoors away from the house; eliminate damp or rotting wood.
Keep debris, plants, trash, and mulch from touching your home.
How Do I Get Rid Of Spiders In My Home?
If you are seeing an abundance of spiders in your home, the best and most effective way to get rid of them is to contact the professionals at Royal Greens Professional Lawn Care. Our fully licensed and certified pest control experts are here to help.
We offer a full range of residential and commercial pest control services to Frederick, Mount Airy, Ellicott City, Potomac, and the surrounding areas. For over 30 years, we have been serving the residents and businesses of Central Maryland with customized, natural remedies and prevention methods for a whole slew of common pest infestations. We offer indoor, and perimeter/outdoor pest control using an organic, environmentally responsible approach that benefits both our clients and the local community.
Our aim is to protect you and your home from unwanted pests while maintaining a clean approach that remains conscious of the environment. Call us today for a consultation and let us help you get rid of those spiders once and for all.